1. Should Apple buy search engine DuckDuckGo?

    Financial analysts are always urging Apple to spend some of its massive pile of cash on large company acquisitions. Apple rarely does that. They do often purchase small companies, usually to gain access to their talent and intellectual property.

    By John Sherrod , written on

    From the Apple desk

  2. This sketchy app shows up first in the Google Play Store for “contact tracing”

    Today I read that some official contact tracing apps had been released in the United States, so I checked if any were available in my area. I went to, typed in “contact tracing,” and here’s what the results looked like:

    By Jack Bandy , written on

    From the Google desk

  3. Jeff Bezos' virtue signalling is working

    While IBM pledges to stop working on facial recognition technology, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos sits at his computer and trawls his Instagram inbox looking for controversial screenshots that will make people buy more stuff from him.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Amazon desk

  4. The “Silicon Exodus”: Where will tech employees relocate to?

    On the face of it, the move to remote work for many businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic seemed neither good nor bad - just necessary. But a couple of weeks ago, Silicon Valley added a “barbaric” twist. Facebook employees who move out of the Bay Area during the pandemic will face a cost-of-living salary adjustment - and not upwards as you can guess.

    By Eva Peris , written on

    From the Employment desk

  5. Amazon’s next big rival will be a livestreaming video app

    There’s an entire world of unboxing videos on YouTube. Give a kid a tablet and they’ll sit glued to the screen for hours, staring in fascination at close-ups of hands cracking open toy eggs and pulling apart bits of goop. This strange ‘poopsie slime surprise kits unboxing’ has over 12 million views.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the China desk

  6. The many delusions of Startupland

    There’s a place I call Startupland where everyone has bought into a fever dream. It’s sometimes referred to as Silicon Valley but it broke free of the Bay Area’s geographical boundaries long ago and now exists as a kind of religion where everyone believes they’re the chosen one and business fundamentals don’t apply.

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the Startups desk

  7. Big Tech dreams about ‘changing the world’ - it can start by ending harmful contracts

    Over the past week, tech companies have flooded social media with words of support to protestors fighting against racial injustice. But the response by many brands to the death of George Floyd has felt so hollow that there are already memes circulating on Twitter.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Politics desk

  8. Behind tech layoffs lay systemic cash flow negative companies

    Since the pandemic started, there’s been approximately 61,260 tech layoffs [1]. Close to 30% of the layoffs came from public tech companies, 85% of those companies are unprofitable.

    By Gonzalo Espinoza Graham , written on

    From the IPOs desk

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